Alison Thomas - Concrete Code Creations
Blog post #1
Describe the idea (Maximum 75 words)
As a part of the digital development in Swedish primary schools, programming is to be integrated into the curriculum. Currently, programming has been integrated into maths and technical subjects, but many teachers are not educated in programming. We believe that this perception of programming is limited and are developing a concept for creative programming workshops in school environments in order to reach all pupils, including those who are stronger in aesthetic subjects than maths.
Who are you?
We are Alison and Linus. Alison is a freelance sound technician and student of interaction design at MAU and Linus is a teacher for music, social studies and geography and has worked in Swedish schools for 10 years. Together, we combine our knowledge of programming, music and teaching in order to create workshops in primary schools that will help pupils, teachers and managing directors of schools to reach the goals set in the curriculum.
What will you do during these three months? How will you spend the time?
During the summer, we will perform explorative workshops to define the content, structure, length and target age group of our workshops as well as strategies for carrying out workshops for both pupils and teachers. We will conduct quantitative research with the pupils regarding their prior and current experience and qualitative research with the teachers regarding their perception of their own ability to teach programming. This research might aid us in developing service requirements.
What do you expect to achieve during Leapfrogs?
We expect to develop a realistic workshop concept for the age group we choose, including visual, digital and physical materials, and an assessment form that will allow teachers to easily assess their pupils regarding curriculum goals. Additionally, we expect to get in contact with the City of Malmö and Skapande Skola and to have taken steps towards becoming a part of Skapande Skola’s network so that schools can apply for state funds to book us.